Play and Learn Preschool - the first step in your child's educational journey with Dassel-Cokato Schools

2017-2018 Play and Learn Preschool
Registration is now open!
https://dc.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/0/program_id/14
Register online, by phone (320-286-4120), or in person at the Early Childhood Center.

  • 4 Star Parent Aware Awarded Program
  • All Sections 2 days per week
  • All Classes 3 hours each
  • 4 & 5 year old classes held at Dassel & Cokato Elementary Schools
  • 3 year old classes (3 by Sept. 1) held at the Early Childhood Center
  • FREE Transportation (4 & 5 year old classes only)
  • Licensed Teachers
  • MN Reading Corps Site
  • Researched Based Curriculum
  • More information below!

Play and Learn Preschool  

Dassel-Cokato Play and Learn Preschool is your child's first step in higher educational journey with Dassel-Cokato Schools! We are a public school readiness program for children ages 3 to 5. Understanding that young children learn best through play, your licensed early childhood teachers intentionally design the classroom environments to encourage play and and exploration following research-based curriculum and the State of Minnesota Early Learning Standards. Play and Learn Preschool embraces curiosity and hands-on problem solving while providing children with daily opportunities for social and emotional development.

Play and Learn Preschool has been awarded the 4 Star Parent Aware Award!

Parent Aware helps families find the quality care and education their children need to succeed in school and life. One way they do that is through Parent Aware Star Ratings. Their One- to Four-Star Ratings allow families to easily identify early education programs using research-based best practices to prepare children for kindergarten. Programs who volunteer to be Rated are going above and beyond health and safety requirements and have:
  • Volunteered for extra, in-depth training
  • Devoted themselves to strong, caring relationships with each child
  • Adopted the latest approaches to keeping children’s learning on track
  • Committed to daily activities and routines that help children learn


State of MN Early Learning Standards

Our preschool teachers follow these research-based standards while planning lessons and classroom centers. This Minnesota Framework includes: Social & Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, Language & Literacy Development, Creativity & the Arts, Cognitive Development, and Physical & Motor Development.




Everyday Math

This math curriculum is used in our preschool classrooms as well as grades kindergarten through 4 throughout our school district. Everyday Math incorporates math into the day to day activities of the classroom. These hands-on, playful math activities are built to help our preschoolers explore math concepts such as: Counting, Measurement, Shapes, Patterning, Graphing, Number Concepts and Data Gathering. All this learning achieved through purposeful play!



Play and Learn Preschool is proud to be a Minnesota Reading Corps site!

MN Reading Corps foundational elements include:
  • Scaffolding children's learning through a supportive and caring environment
  • Providing targeted small group and one-on-one instruction
  • Demonstrating behaviors that enright academic growth and promote social-emotional well-being
  • Regularly collecting data in order to make instructional decisions to help all children be successful


Classes for 4 & 5 year old preschoolers

Must by 4 by September 1
Choose the location your child will attend for kindergarten
*Free transportation is available, see more info below
Dassel Elementary - Mon & Thurs- 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Dassel Elementary - Mon & Thurs-12:15-3:15 p.m.
Cokato Elementary - Tues & Fri - 8:00-11:00 a.m. 
Cokato Elementary - Tues & Fri - 
12:10-3:10 p.m.

3 year old classes
Both sections held at the Early Childhood Center
must be 3 by Sept 1 and use the bathroom independently 
                           Mondays & Thursdays 8:15-11:15 a.m.
                     Tuesdays & Fridays 8:15-11:15 a.m.

*FREE transportation is available for the 4 & 5 year old preschool classes held at Dassel or Cokato Elementary Schools! (NO transportation for 3 year old classes.) Students using busing who live or be will transported to/from daycare from the:
North side of WHY 12 must enroll in an a.m. class
South side of HWY 12 must enroll in a p.m. class
If your child will NOT be using transportation you may register for either section.

Preschool Tuition:
$95 Monthly Installments OR $855 for the full year
Reduced tuition is available based on income eligibility guidelines. Please view the second page of the preschool registration form for more information about reduced preschool tuition. Reduced tuition rates are $72/month and $48/month. If reduced tuition is still a financial hardship scholarships may be available. Please call 320-286-4120 to inquire. To find out if your family qualifies simply fill out the Application for Educational Benefits and return it to the Dassel-Cokato District Office M-F 7:00-4:00 or mail it to:
Attn: Tracy Clark
Dassel-Cokato School District Office
4852 Reardon Ave SW, Suite 1700
Cokato, MN 55321
Please call 320-286-4120 with any questions.

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3 Easy Ways to Register: 
  • Online - click the mouse above
  • By phone with a credit card payment for the registration fee (320-286-4120)
  • In person at the Early Childhood Center.